Clean Eating...what does it really mean? I recently led a 14-day Clean-Eating Challenge at the yoga studio where I teach Vinyasa-style yoga, including 7 days of smoothies.
Here is how I define Clean Eating:
- Using fresh ingredients in their own element (unprocessed), like bananas, fresh kale, avocado, frozen mango chunks, fresh cucumber.
- When using products, using ones that are only 1 ingredient: shredded unsweetened coconut, hemp seeds, flax meal.
- Making your own version of food or drinks that normally have a list of ingredients, such as homemade almond milk.
Smoothies are a quick and easy way to eat a clean meal. I use the formula:
1 frozen fruit + 1 fresh fruit and/or vegetable + a protein (nut butter or beans) + a superfood (hemp seeds, flax meal, chia seeds) + a liquid (water, almond milk, orange juice).
Here are 7 smoothies recipes to kick off your day with a clean meal:
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants and fiber. The richness of the purple lets you know it is nutritious!
A refreshing smoothie with a spicy kick from ginger is an energizing way to start the day.
A creamy orange-based smoothie with coconut and flax will bring a little tropical flair to your post-workout regime.
Kale..check. Avocado...check. Perfectly green smoothie...check!
All the key flavors of apple pie come together is this hearty apple pie smoothie with a hint of coconut.
Matcha, powdered green tea, not only adds a beautiful green color to smoothies has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Cucumbers can help hydrate you before a morning run or alongside a cup of coffee!
You can see the full recipes plus a few more smoothies in the Clean-Eating Challenge smoothie collection.